Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez was found guilty of first-degree murder in a deadly late-night shooting of Odin Lloyd, a 27-year-old landscaper and semi-pro football player who was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancée.
The first-degree murder conviction carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole, but under Massachusetts law, there will be an automatic appeal.
Aaron was also found guilty on charges of carrying a firearm without a license, carrying a large-capacity firearm, possession of ammunition without a FID card, and possession of a firearm without a FID card.
It’s still unclear why Odin Lloyd was shot six times in a deserted industrial park near Hernandez’s home on June 17, 2013, but prosecutors believe Lloyd knew too much about Aaron Hernandez’s alleged involvement in a deadly 2012 drive-by shooting in Boston.
Aaron’s attorney, James Sultan, acknowledges the former football star was present when Odin was murdered, but he pinned the murder on Ernest Wallace and Carlos Ortiz. He added that his client was just a “23-year-old kid,” who had witness a shocking murder and didn’t know what to do. Welp. He’ll have plenty of time to think about what he should have done.
Unfortunately for Aaron Hernandez, his days in court aren’t over. He is awaiting trial on murder charges stemming from the 2012 drive-by shooting where he allegedly gunned down two men over a spilled drink in the club.
Odin Lloyd’s mother, Ursula Ward, called her son “the backbone of the family” and expressed regret that she’d never see Lloyd have a child and that she’d never dance at his wedding.
“The day I laid my son Odin to rest, I felt my heart stop beating,” Ward said. “I felt like I wanted to go into the hole with my son, Odin.”
Ursula Ward added, “I forgive the hands of the people that had a hand in my son’s murder, either before or after. And I pray and hope that someday, everyone up there will forgive them also.”